This plant is a large green stem caudex with taproot that can reach upwards of 2 feet in diameter. It produces long stiff vining stems during active growth, with deciduous palmately lobed leaves. Dioecious with separate male and female plants
Grows on rocky cliffs in north eastern South Africa (Transvaal), often found growing out of cracks between large boulders.
Should be watered once every 1 to 2 weeks during the summer, keep dry in winter. Vines can be cut back in the fall to prepare for dormancy. The caudex can grow quite rapidly if over potted and kept in extremely well draining medium (mostly pumice), up to several inches a season.